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at the critical point that the lawyers made and their clashing styles. and the defense attorney mark o'mara talks at about the toughest and most controversial choices he had to make during the trial and how race has figured into this trial. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> in florida right now there's breaking news in the george zimmerman trial. the court is compiling a list of evidence for the jurors. they just asked for it only moments ago, nearly two and a half hours into their deliberations. the six women are trying to sort out what really happened on the night of zimmerman's deadly confrontation with 17-year-old trayvon martin. jurors will decide whether zimmerman is guilty of second degree murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter or whether he acted in self-defense and can walk away from this trial a free man. the defense attorney, mark o'mara, spent more than three hours delivering his closing arguments today. he told the jurors that zimmerman is, in his word, completely innocent but he stressed that they only need to have reasonable doubt about his guilt to acquit
attorney mark o'mara discuss what happened the night of that tragic shooting, the aftermath. in this exclusive interview, the events of that night, straighten out the record about internet rumors involving me, and george delivers a message to the martin family and to you, the american people. a lot of time has passed, since this incident with trayvon. how do you feel about it that you've had time to reflect on what has happened? >> i haven't really had the time to reflect on it. when i was in jail, obviously, i was in solitary confinement, and i had a lot of time to think and reflect. and i just think it's a tragic situation. i hope it's the most difficult thing that i'll ever go through in my life. >> let's go back to the night of the shooting. take us back to that night. you were going to the store. let's start at the beginning. >> i was going to target to do my weekly grocery shopping. sunday night was the only night -- well, sunday after we mentored the kids, we would always go grocery shopping and do our cooking for the week, so i wanted to go to target, i headed out. t
zimmerman trial yet. who will mark o'mara calls a his last witness? that's all for us tonight. anderson cooper starts now. >>> the trial was a sprint but tonight it became a marathon. trench warfare in the courtroom. good evening. welcome to another "ac 360" special report "self-defense or murder, the george zimmerman trial." first, a heated battle that just ended at 9:56 p.m. eastern time. the judge ordering a recess until tomorrow morning, wednesday. the defense asking the judge to permit several key items into evidence, text messages and photos that would seem to paint trayvon martin as aggressive in the eyes of the jury. the defense attorney don west tonight making his pitch. listen. >> there are two main issues. one relates to several conversations by mr. martin attempting to acquire a firearm. >> these are conversations that are audio conversations or are they written? >> they are text messages that were obtained from his phone. the crux of the matter is the fighting issue, it's mr. martin's text messages about being in a fight, about the effects of that fight on him, th
notes there. they are trying to take it in. if you're trying -- and mark o'mara was very upset with the schedule that, the prosecution gets to have this big opening and then the jury gets excused and they get to go home and sleep on it and it gets in their head. >> here's bernie de la rionda in his final statement that show as little different tone than the clip we played earlier. >> i ask to you come back with a verdict that speaks the truth, a verdict that is just. you heard from many people in this case and i've summarized some of them. there's a lot more actually that you heard. we know you paid close attention throughout all these proceedings. some of the people you heard from were the parents of both the victim and the defendant. unfortunately the only photographs left of trayvon martin are those m.e. photographs. i mean, they still got other photographs and you saw some of them, the football whin his you are days but they can't take any more photos. and that's true because of the actions of one person, the defendant, george zimmerman, the man who is guilty of second degr
call. our report tonight from nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: today, defense attorney mark o'mara challenged trayvon martin's father about whether he told police the first time he heard the 911 call that it was not his son's voice screaming for help. >> i kind of pushed away -- away from the table and shook my head and said i can't tell. >> reporter: the prosecutor later listened to the tape at the mayor's office 20 times. >> basically what i was listening to. i was listening to my son's last friday for he cry for help, listening to his life being taken, and i was coming -- trying to come to grips that trayvon was here no more. >> reporter: earlier, the lead investigator offered a different reaction to the 911 tape. >> i inquired if that was, in fact, his son yelling for help. >> what was his response? >> he -- he was more of a -- verbal and nonverbal. he looked away and under his breath and said. no. >> reporter: one after another -- >> help! >> so you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> reporter: five of zimmerman's friends testified that its of his voice. >> definitely georgie.
relations mark o'mara, asking chris serino, former detective, about when the father first heard the 911 call. let's listen to that. >> okay. and what did you ask him? >> i believe my words were is that your son's voice in the background? i think i said it a little differently than that but i inquired if that was in fact his son yelling for help. >> and what was his response? >> he -- it was more of a verbal and nonverbal. he looked away and under his breath, as i interpreted it, said no. >> i want to bring in our legal experts, chris darden and diana tennis. court has recessed for the day so we're going to go over some of the key moments. tracy martin testified. he said listening to 911 call was very emotional for him, that he didn't say, no, that wasn't his son's voice. where does that leave the jury? do they disregard what serino, detective? where do they go? >> certainly they can disregard as he said he said no under his breath as he turned away. it pits the martins against the police department. are they telling the truth? are the police officers lying? at least the lead detective testif
the state attorney's office. >> reporter: george zimmerman attorney mark o'mara giving the jury one last arguments that the evidence of self defense far outweighs the state's case of murder. o'mara played a computer animation showing the fatal minutes between zimmerman and trayvon martin, it shows martin throwing the first punch, the two then wrestling on the ground and sidewalk until the fatal shot. o'mara also had the courtroom sit in absolute silence for four minutes, the time between zimmerman's call to police and the gunshot. four minutes where o'mara suggests martin planned a surprise attack in the darkness. >> the guy that didn't go home when he had the chance to, there was a guy who decides to lie in wait, i guess plan his move, it seems, decide what he was going to do. >> reporter: trayvon martin bought skittles and a drink at a nearby 7-eleven, then walked home to his dad's girlfriend's house, when zimmerman, the neighborhood watch leader saw him as suspicious, followed him, called police. he told them threshold for murder beyond a reasonable doubt is high. o'mara carried real
on this in the morning. mark o'mara zimmerman's attorney will call a few more witnesses and some time tomorrow, shep, rest their case. >> shepard: phil keating in central florida. the issue of race in this case has played a significant part in the trial. explicitly as undercurrent that slips into the state's narrative. prosecutors have said george zimmerman profiled trayvon martin as a criminal. and they have played previous phone call zimmerman made to police to support suspicious characters. each who, with, was black. but prosecutors are not the only ones who can use race to try to prove a point. today the defense insinuated that race may have played a part in the initial charges of george zimmerman. team fox coverage continues. trace gallagher live for us. the defense here, trace, was trying to show that there was tension between city leaders. >> yeah. in fact, former sanford police shep bill lee, shep, has testified that city manager a man named martin bonapard. lee said he recommended the 911 calls where screams can be heard in the background trayvon martin. they should hear them individually i
a doubt for mark o'mara for the pictures taken of george zimmerman hours after the shooting where it appears he's got maybe a broken nose, blood trickling down from his nose and on the bask his head, those two lacerations which he says came from hitting his head on the back of that concrete and he says that's his self-defense claim, that he really had a reasonable fear for his life at that moment that he could either be killed or have great bodily injury. that is when he utilized the stand your ground law here in the state of florida, pulled out his tech..9 millimeter hand gun and shot one bullet into the heart of trayvon martin. after the defense' closing argument, there will be a short rebullets by the judge will give the jury their instruction which is include manslaughter as an option. back to you. >> steve: thank you very much. we just saw the judge welcomingment jurors into the room and we could actually see those big cutouts you were talking about over the shoulder of mr. o'mara who is commencing right now, his closing argument. >> brian: you see those. >> steve: plus, it s
. we started this morning. we had full days every day. weekends, depositions at night. martha: mark o'mara is saying setting it down. the judge walked out of the room and the attorneys still tried to talk over here. what happened last night? >> reporter: tempers are flooring as we are nearing the end of the most highly watched trial around the country. george zimmerman in the courtroom. things went so long last night instead of starting at 8:00 a.m. they are starting at 9:00 a.m. and critical rulings that could impact how this all female jury feels about the character of trayvon martin and george zimmerman and what happened as they head into the deliberations room as early as friday. i cally the gallery is full of spectators and it has been for the last 2 1/ 2 1/2 weeks. attorneys ban toward and focused specifically on a defense animation showing the final minute or so of trayvon martin's life. after prosecutors argued the images are misleading the animation is more like. >> still graphic and the controversial scene of martin punching zimmerman as the first punch has been edited out. pictu
know what really happened and one of them can't testify and the other one lied. >> reporter: scott, o'mara reminded the jury repeatedly their verdict has nothing to do with sympathy, it these do with reasonable doubt which the defense believes has been established. >> pelley: and the jury comes back tomorrow. mark, thanks very much. r his final words to the jury, ksprosecutor said the case is not about race, it's about right and wrong. but for many of the folks in sanford, it has always been about both. and michelle miller is there. er reporter: many of the protest which is first brought the trayvon martin's case to the nation's attention were organized at allen chapel a.m.e. church in sanford, florida. >> we marched, we parade, we rallied for a trial. we received a trial. >> reporter: valerie houston is pastor of the 400-member congregation. she has been in the courtroom from the beginning. b the verdict comes back not guilty, what then? >> it's in the hands of the jury because that's the system that t' have. will we be happy about it? no. hll justice have been served? through the system,
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